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The Voelker Orth Museum offers school programs in science and local history.


School Programs 2014-2015

The Museum occupies a landmarked 1890s house and garden in Flushing, which provide a unique, safe, and relaxing space for visitors of all ages to experience local history and horticulture.

We aim to support our colleagues teaching in classrooms around the city by developing programs that complement New York State's Learning Standards and the new Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.

Grades K-6
Programs can be adapted for audiences with special needs.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
$95 per class (material fee included). Class size is limited to 30 students.

Programs include an outdoor component, please dress accordingly.
School bus parking is available in front of the museum on 38th Avenue.

Advance payment is required. A full refund is available for cancellations up to 15 days prior to the scheduled program

Please call (718) 359-6227 or email education@vomuseum.org to make a reservation.

Right click here to download the registration form

Science Programs:

Terrarium Gardening

Miniature glass gardens were first introduced by Dr. Nathaniel Ward in 1827. After a brief introduction to the history and concept of terrariums, participants will learn about nature's water cycle and construct their own terrarium to take home.

Birds, Our Feathered Friends!

From bird anatomy to habitats, nests, and bird feeders, this hands-on program will present many fascinating facts about our winged friends. Participants construct a bird feeder to take home.

From Caterpillar to Butterfly!

Let's discover the amazing cycle of tiny worm-like caterpillars transformed into colorful butterflies and how these amazing insects sustain themselves. Take home a "stained glass" butterfly paper project to hang at your window.

Who is Afraid of Honey Bees?

Students will discover the life and activities of honey bees and learn to differentiate between honey bees, wasps, and hornets. The instructor will show an actual working hive and participants will have a chance to sample a taste of honey.

Plants We Eat

Carrots, French fries, popcorn, grapes, lettuce! Do you know where all these delicious foods come from? Find out facts about plants, pollination, seeds and fruits. Participants will start a plant from seed to take home.

History Program:

Threads Of Gold
My Story; The Geography of Identity

School groups can schedule a weekday tour and workshop with Ms. Minervini this spring. Using the book form, a classic vehicle for storytelling, each student will map their personal journey to Queens, utilizing the geographic place names relevant to their family histories.

A New Home in a New Country

Students compare their own cultural heritage with the Voelker Orth family's through examining artifacts and discussion, and then hone their printmaking and information literacy skills by closely examining one of Conrad Voelcker's German-language newspapers and creating their own front page to take home.

Teacher and Student Feedback

The children loved it. It was wonderful!
— Ms. Zaimi from St. Demetrios School

Thank you so much for teaching us. We all had a lot of fun.
— Kari from PS 184

It was our best trip this year! It was so much fun being with you.
– Class 2-205 from P.S. 84



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